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[pol-ee-an-thuh s] /ˌpɒl iˈæn θəs/
noun, plural polyanthuses.
a hybrid primrose, Primula polyantha.
Also called polyanthus narcissus. a narcissus, Narcissus tazetta, having small white or yellow flowers.
Origin of polyanthus
1620-30; < New Latin < Greek polýanthos having many flowers. See poly-, -anthous Unabridged
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  • They were the dancing girls from Gades, who, as they left polyanthus' ship, passed unnoticed in the hubbub of the leave-taking.

    Snnica Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • For flowering in the house the polyanthus Narcissus are very desirable.

    Talks about Flowers. M. D. Wellcome
  • Confess, now, dear Barnet, don't you long to call it a polyanthus?

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush William Makepeace Thackeray
  • A bed of Daisies and another of polyanthus are far from satisfactory.

    A Year in a Lancashire Garden Henry Arthur Bright
  • Things of home too dear to leave behind them, they brought with them their favourite flowers, the tulip and the polyanthus.

    Lancashire Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
  • Acton overhead the conversation of Lachares and polyanthus outside the temple.

    Snnica Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • A bright row of polyanthus and oxlips seemed to be the haunt of the male bees.

    Field and Hedgerow Richard Jefferies
  • Thought at first it was a new development of the polyanthus.

  • The people of the port praised their compatriot polyanthus, exaggerating his skill.

    Snnica Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • polyanthus, pol-i-an′thus, n. a kind of primrose much prized and cultivated by florists:—pl.

British Dictionary definitions for polyanthus


noun (pl) -thuses
any of several hybrid garden primroses, esp Primula polyantha, which has brightly coloured flowers
polyanthus narcissus, a Eurasian amaryllidaceous plant, Narcissus tazetta, having clusters of small yellow or white fragrant flowers
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, Greek: having many flowers
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